Bible Symbolism

The links will help to prove these chapters are indeed speaking of this present age and to those that follow Christ.

      In the first part of this chapter Gods is speaking to Israel at that time period as an unfaithful wife. He then, in the verses below,  prophesies the promise of God that lie in the future. 

     Hosea 2:19. And I will betroth you to me forever; yes, I will betroth you to me in righteousness, and in justice, and in loving kindness, and in mercies. 20. I will even betroth you to me in faithfulness: and you shall know the Lord. 21. And it shall come to pass in that day, I will respond, says the Lord, I will respond to the heavens, and they will respond to the earth; 22. And the earth shall respond the grain, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall respond to Jezreel (God will sow). 23. And I will sow her to me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, you are my people; and they shall say, you are my God.( Romans 9:24-26)

     The highly illustrative nature of these prophecies, almost code actually can be quite difficult to understand. As linked verse 23 is interpreted in the the book of Romans as speaking to the people of faith, of all nations. The first clause of verse 23 is the notable part of this prophecy as it fits into the overall scenario of the New Jerusalem, the wife of the lamb.  That she is not taken to heaven but instead planted or sown into the earth. If one takes this in conjunction with all Bible prophecy then we can ascertain the purpose of it. That God is sowing his wife into the earth to reap a harvest, the precious fruit of the earth. To save souls and transform the nations....just as we have been seeing for the last 2000 years. Why not just save souls some might ask? Why transform the nations? Because to the degree that a nation embraces righteousness; is the degree to which it is conducive to souls being saved and people being made "fit for heavens enjoyments and employments." (To quote Charles Finney.)   Isaiah 45:18 For thus said the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he has established it, he created it not in vain, (to be useless.) he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. 19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not to the seed of Jacob, Seek you me in vain:...... Isaiah 49:6 He says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”...8 Thus said the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard you, and in a day of salvation have I helped you: and I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; (AKJV)


     This next collection of verses is the same as the previous. God in Jeremiah 3 is speaking to ancient Israel as his backslidden and adulterous wife. Then in the verses 14-19 the promise is prophesied, howbeit very heavily in the illustrative and symbolic language of Bible prophecy.  I understand the hesitancy of some to accept these verses at face value as speaking to the people of faith of all nations both Jew and Gentile. Especially in light of modern Israel and the teachings of dispensationalists. The links are there to help. Once more the author would like to ask you to read or bookmark for later reading the Symbolism in the Book of Genesis: Regarding the First and Second Covenant article. The middle ground; the scripturally sound ground on this issue was settled way back in Moses's first book. If you have not read the article before you will be shocked. Not only at Moses's inspiration as a prophet but also at the clarity and the grace with which  Bible speaks to this issue that no one, once they read the article,  is able to dispute. Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:


      Jeremiah 3:14. Turn, O backsliding children, says the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: 15. And I will give you pastors according to my heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. 16. And it shall come to pass, when you be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says the Lord, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the Lord: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall it be magnified any more. 17. At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. 18. In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance to your fathers. 19. But I said, How shall I put you among the children, and give you a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, You shalt call me, My father; and shall not turn away from me. It would appear in verse 19 that God is asking the question, How can I fulfill my will, my promises to a people that thus far has failed to be fulfilled? For our enlightenment his answer seems to be: By becoming their father rather than just God who they regarded as one god among many. To those who are able to receive it. Zion, Jerusalem, Judah and Israel are being used illustratively to prophesy the people of faith of all nations, the people who are the true temple of the Lord, both Jew and Gentile that were to come.

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